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UK's Kanter still not cleared by NCAA

Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:05 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 4:07 pm
 

Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter is facing extensive questioning from the NCAA about his amateur status and has not yet been cleared to play for the Wildcats this season, UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy confirmed Tuesday.

The 6-foot-10 forward's amateur status is uncertain because he played for a professional team in his native Turkey before moving to the United States. Kanter will not be allowed to accompany the Wildcats on a three-day trip of exhibitions in Canada unless he is cleared by Aug. 15.

Kanter is a projected to be a top five pick if he enters the 2011 NBA Draft.

He finished with 33 points and 13 rebounds against other top prospects in April's Nike Hoop Summit.
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Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 10:40 pm
 

UK's Kanter still not cleared by NCAA

that is not the rule whatsoever... every single kid in europe plays for a pro club team. All of them. It is a dinosaur of a rule and is way out of line and basically forces good talent from europe to either play pro there and wait till they can meet the NBA age limit or stay in europe period. This rule is being changed and it will benefit all schools willing to make the trip across the pond to find the next big thing.



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 10:15 pm
 

UK's Kanter still not cleared by NCAA

Even with the potential amateur status issues, Enes Kanter would still be the most NCAA-eligible player under Calipari since 1981.
Never thought I would EVER agree with a Hoya fan, but LMAO. That's freaking awesome.



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 10:08 pm
 

UK's Kanter still not cleared by NCAA

Heels618, If you don't know what you are talking about, don't post. You are totally uninformed.



Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 7:07 pm
 

UK's Kanter still not cleared by NCAA

Even with the potential amateur status issues, Enes Kanter would still be the most NCAA-eligible player under Calipari since 1981.



Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 6:48 pm
 

UK's Kanter still not cleared by NCAA

Kanter was originally committed to Lorenzo Romar and Washington, but didn't have a qualifying test score in time to be cleared academically before the November signing period. He (or his HS coach) cooled on Washington after his commitment was announced, and he eventually ended up at Kentucky. Some major program went after him: Indiana, UNLV, USC and UCLA to name a few. There were also dozens more that were interested yet didn't formally offer scholarships.



Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 6:04 pm
 

UK's Kanter still not cleared by NCAA

Sounds like a big can of worms for the NCAA.  I'm stunned that Calipari would try to push the envelope, considering his usual care in following the rules...

The NCAA has created this mess, so I don't expect things to get any more logical.  I'm sure he will suit up for Kentucky.  I wonder who else even tried to recruit the guy?



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:56 pm
 

UK's Kanter still not cleared by NCAA

Well, being a UK fan myself will probably skew your opinion of my take, but here goes.  If he played on a team that had pros on it, but was not paid for his play (only things like expenses, etc.) he is not technically a professional.  He is still an amateur.  It would sort of be like a US kid who played for a sponsored AAU team that went to a camp put on by pro players.  If he plays on the same court as the pros does that make him a pro?  I think the NCAA has actually changed rules about this recently.  There have been some players that have done the same thing and have faced some sanctions (some missed games, for example) in the past.  The newer rules should allow this type of activity, expecially from a 15-16 year old European player trying to get a high level of competition in his country.  We will see, but if there is any hold up, it would most likely be Kanter having to sit out some games.




Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:41 pm
 

UK's Kanter still not cleared by NCAA

He played on a Turkish team for no pay - amongst some players who did receive pay.  They do that in some of the overseas leagues.  Deniz Kilicli was a frosh at WVU who did the same thing last year.  He played for the Turkish team before coming to the states and he had to sit out most of the season before he was allowed to play.  The NCAA punished him for playing on a team with one professional player and for having travel expenses paid for by the team.  Which sucks when you think about some of these top-flight AAU players who stay in ritzy hotels at no expense of their own and the NCAA allows it.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:39 pm
 

UK's Kanter still not cleared by NCAA

Heels618, it's an interesting situation for foreign players.  The contention is that there was no money involved when he was playing for a club team in Turkey.  The NCAA rule exception 12.2.3.2.1 would allow athletes to compete on professional teams (in Europe) provided they do not accept "more than actual and necessary expenses."

It will be interesting to see how it plays out.  In the past, the NCAA has made foreign players sit out one game for every game they played as a pro in Europe. This is the first year for the new rule. 

Here's an article from April which explains it a little better..I think that it's been posted before.




Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:53 pm
 

UK's Kanter still not cleared by NCAA

I haven't seen the guy play, but I just assumed he was American.  And an amateur.  Go figure.  But if he played pro basketball, he's ineligible.  That should be pretty straightforward.  He might as well get ready for the NBA or go play in Europe.



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